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Shaun Jenkinson and Robbie Fennell

Sir William Tyree Foundation supports careers in science

ANSTO has signed a strategic three-year agreement with the Tyree Foundation supporting a Development Program for Indigenous Australian students and an Engineering Scholarship for Graduate students with a Bachelor Degree. 

The announcement coincided with NAIDOC Week activities at ANSTO.

Tyree Foundation event group shot

(Left to right) Acting ANSTO CEO Shaun Jenkinson, Brett Rowling of ANSTO, Tyree Foundation Board Director Dr Peter Tyree, Tyree Foundation Board Chair Robbie Fennell (nee Tyree), Tyree Foundation Board Director Cameron Perrett and Karen Wolfe of ANSTO

The Tyree Foundation Nuclear Safety Development Program is groundbreaking in that it will provide two young indigenous Australians with the opportunity to gain multiple skills and qualifications in specialised areas of Health Physics Surveying, WH&S, Occupational Hygiene and Commercial and Regulatory Awareness. 

The agreement also provides funding for a range of scholarships in nuclear science and engineering that complement other opportunities at ANSTO.

The Tyree Foundation is a charitable organisation that honours the legacy of the late Australian industrialist, engineer and philanthropist Sir William Tyree OBE.

The Sir William Tyree Engineering Scholarship will be ANSTO-led and funded by the Tyree Foundation, to deliver research opportunities that continue Australia’s proud history in developing nuclear technology.  

Three representatives of the Tyree Foundation Board, Chair Robbie Fennel, and Directors Dr Peter Tyree and Cameron Perrett travelled to the Lucas Heights campus for the official signing and a tour of the facilities.

Acting CEO Shaun Jenkinson said the programs are unique and will offer a range of interesting career options. 

"I would encourage all students to apply. It presents an excellent opportunity to anyone who is looking to get a foot in the door for a future career in science, as well as a rewarding career path,” he said.

“These programs are in line with ANSTO’s ongoing work to encourage young people with the opportunity to pursue STEM beyond the school classroom.” 

The Tyree Foundation has generously donated the funding for both programs. 

Chair Robbie Fennell said, “I am pleased to announce our partnership with ANSTO, and the programs that we will deliver alongside ANSTO for indigenous students and graduates with a Bachelor's degree to pursue their interest in nuclear energy.” 

“The Tyree Foundation and ANSTO share similar goals. We are both committed to investing in the future whether it is for better health outcomes, for the advancement of Australian industry or to lift young Australians into careers that will build a better nation”. 

“We are proud to offer financial assistance to students and for ANSTO to provide training and experiences that will dramatically shape some early careers,” she said

Applications will open in December with both programs commencing in March 2021.

For further information contact: Rod Dowler   +61 2 9717 3934